NORMAN, Okla. — Fresno State's first-ever game against an No. 1 ranked opponent isn't one they'll want to remember.
The top-ranked Sooners scored 38 straight first half points and racked up 556 yards of total offense (second best in the Stoops era) in their 52-28 win over the Bulldogs Saturday in Norman.
The Bulldogs were shutout in the first half, 38-0, but did manage to score 28 second half points.
"I believe the first half was as well as we've played both sides of the ball," said Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops. "Everything came together for half a football game, maybe since we've been here. We put it all together. The execution was excellent."
"To have a lead 38-0 means you're playing awfully well We would have liked to have played better in the second half, but I'm not going to sit here and make too much of it," said Stoops on OU's second half performance. "Everywhere I've coached, every game, any time you've been up 39-0, the second half's always a major headache."
"They came out of the chute on fire," said Fresno State Head Coach Pat Hill. "I thought we looked like deer in headlights. We seemed to be in the shadows of our goal post everytime we turned around. Everything they touched in the first half turned to gold. Their execution was awesome."
The Sooners, led by another outstanding performance from senior quarterback Jason White, scored on their first six possessions of the first half. White, who completed 25-of-37 passes for 338 yards, threw three touchdown passes in the first half and added another in the fourth quarter.
"Jason White was pretty darn good. He made some big plays for them," said Hill. "He didn't miss a play. We flushed him out of the pocket a few times, he stepped up and made the plays down field.
And Stoops agreed with his counterpart.
"Jason, again, is just exceptional throwing the football and running around making plays," said Stoops. He really looked great again tonight."
"We came out on fire," said White. "Things were clicking. Our run game was working and opening up our passing game. It's something we need to continue to work on and to finish throughout the game. We need to come in out in third quarter and do the same as we do in the first."
Oklahoma's running game showed some major improvement on Saturday rushing for 212 yards on 48 carries. Senior Renaldo Works scored two touchdowns and led the Sooners with 88 yards on 18 carries. Kejuan Jones carried the ball 17 times for 59 yards.
"I thought our offensive line, J.D. Runnels and the tight ends really created some holes," said Stoops. "We really did run the ball well like we want to in tough situations. Hopefully, that part of the game will continue to improve. It has come along like we hoped it would and thought it could."
'We are coming together and getting better," said Works. "If we continue to keep working hard and practicing hard, we are going to get even better."
"I think I did all right, but of course I should have made better plays. I think the running backs as a whole did a great job."
Oklahoma's defense was outstanding in the first half shutting out Fresno State's offense and holding them to under 50 yards of total offense. That's the good news — the bad news is that it looks like the Sooners have lost senior linebacker Lance Mitchell for the season with an ACL injury.
"It looks like this is severe, it's a knee," said Stoops. "Until they do an MRI and know exactly for sure, it's not fair for me to say, but it does seem to be serious."
OU - FG DiCarlo 41, 13:36.
OU - Runnels 2 pass from White (kick failed), 8:32.
OU - Works 6 run (DiCarlo kick), 1:12.
OU - B.Jones 13 pass from White (McCoy run), 8:37.
OU - Works 15 run (DiCarlo kick), 3:48.
OU - Clayton 17 pass from White (DiCarlo kick), :35.
FSU - Berrian 12 pass from Grady (Visintainer kick), 9:06.
OU - Donley 14 pass from White (DiCarlo kick), 13:28.
FSU - Sumlin 6 run (Visintainer kick), 11:22.
OU - Thompson 4 run (DiCarlo kick), 7:56.
FSU - Vercher 3 pass from Grady (DiCarlo kick), 4:35.
FSU - Wright 24 run (Visitainer kick), 1:02.
Fresno St., Wright 8-83, Sumlin 11-35, Davis 1-4, Grady 2-1. Oklahoma, Works 18-88, K.Jones 17-59, Thompson 4-48, Hickson 7-10, White 1-7, B.Jones 1-0.
Fresno St., Grady 20-31-1-142. Oklahoma, White 25-37-0-338, Thompson 1-1-0-6.
Fresno St., Berrian 6-24, Jennings 3-27, Spach 3-14, Wright 2-8, Greco 1-32, Jamison 1-17, Sumlin 1-9, J.Jones 1-6, Vercher 1-3, Davis 1-2. Oklahoma, B.Jones 7-75, Clayton 5-110, Rankins 4-67, Peoples 3-29, Runnels 3-18, Donley 2-26, K.Jones 1-18, Works 1-1.
Morris, Brian 1-0.
Larry Birdine 1-0.
Sanchez, Manuel 5-2; Adamo, David 5-2; Andrews, Dwayne 4-3; Diles, Awan 3-4; Culver, Tyrone 3-4; Morris, Brian 4-1; Booker, Donyell 4-1; Meza, Dee 3-2; McGill, Bryce 3-1; Sanders, James 2-2; Garcia, Todd 2-1; Goodwin, Alan 2-1; Sanders, Claude 2-0; McIntyre, G 1-2; Miller, Ricky 1-2; Washington, R 1-2; Hawkins, Del 1-2; Mann, Eddie 1-0; Marshall, R 1-0; Jennings, Adam 1-0; Satele, Fai 0-1.
Antonio Perkins 8-1; Dont Nicholson 2-4; Brandon Everage 3-1; Gayron Allen 2-2; Lewis Baker 2-1; Teddy Lehman 2-0; Brodney Pool 2-1; Larry Birdine 2-0; Matt McCoy 1-3; Dusty Dvoracek 1-2; Derrick Strait 1-0; Pasha Jackson 1-0; Chris Chester 1-0; Eric Bassey 1-0; Travis Wilson 1-0; Kory Klein 1-0; Dan Cody 1-0; Jowahn Poteat 1-1; Clint Ingram 0-2; Jonathan Jackson 0-2; Russe Dennison 0-1; Dan Townsend 0-1; Blake Ferguson 0-1; Lynn McGruder 0-1; Tommie Harris 0-1; Brandon Shelby 0-1.
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